Recently, I’ve been wondering why I haven’t been more creative. For a long time, I’ve been able to churn out tons of ideas for stories. I’d put them in my notes and log them away for later. Those ideas have slowly faded. Nothing would come so easily. Maybe I’m just in a dry spell, I thought. You can’t always have inspiration 24/7. It’ll come. Just be patient. It never came back. In fact, it started creeping into my writing life as well. I haven’t had writer’s block in a long time, probably not since college. My writer’s block lasted over a month. For me, that’s not acceptable. So, what was wrong?
Recently, I’ve made two challenges for myself: Do not look at Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media account for an entire month starting July 24th. Read at least two books during that month. The goal is to be able to get my head in the right place, devouring more words on the page and also setting aside time to write. Social media obviously can become an addictive time suck but I think it also gets my head in the wrong places and kills my productivity. Already I’ve noticed a difference and a change in my thinking and my motivations. And over the course of the month, I’ll blog once…